Shon Weissman is hardly a household name on British shores but, with 17 goals in just 13 games this season, get used to hearing his name over the next few months.
According to 90Min, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Leicester City and even Chelsea have sent scouts to watch an Israeli international who is following in the footsteps of compatriot Munas Dabbur by ripping up the Austrian Bundesliga while making a name for himself on the continent too.
Weissman has been nothing short of a revelation since joining Wolfsberger from Maccabi Haifa over the summer. The diminutive centre-forward has averaged 1.2 goals-per-game in Austria’s top flight and netted a maiden Europa League goal for his new club during September’s stunning 4-0 away win at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.
But what exactly can Tottenham, West Ham, Leicester or Chelsea expect form a striker who might well be on the move again in the very near future?
“His style of play is not so easy to describe, he has a little bit of everything. He can be quite aggressive, offers very good runs into the channels and is very clinical in front of goal,” Austrian football journalist Fabian Zerche told HITC.
“On the other hand, he has no special, outstanding qualities – except his finishing. He is not very tall, nor extremely fast. It’s difficult to compare players but someone who seems quite similar regarding his body type and way of moving could be Alexandre Lacazette.”
Lacazette, Arsenal’s reigning Player of the Year might not possess the blistering pace of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, the technical ability of Roberto Firmino or the height of Tammy Abraham but his remarkable work-rate and incessant movement makes him a nightmare for defenders up and down the land.
The Frenchman remains Arsenal’s goalscorer-in-chief but, with Tottenham, West Ham and Leicester lacking any real competition for Harry Kane, Sebastien Haller or Jamie Vardy, Weissman could have a big role to play at one of the Premier League’s big hitters.
“Weissman is nine games into his (so far exceptional) Bundesliga career, so it is hard to predict (whether he is ready for the Premier League),” Zerche adds.
“I guess players with sensational statistics like that automatically land on several scouting lists of big clubs. If he keeps up scoring like this, a move will be inevitable.”
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